But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017 01:01

Bible Study for March 26: Victorious Faith

Hebrews 11:1-6 Bucky Kennedy, evangelist 

Christians, at times, can make the simplicity of the Gospel anything but simple. In 30 years of ministry I’ve seen some of the most convoluted interpretations of faith one could imagine. From formulas to chants, people (professing...

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Written by Bucky Kennedy
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 00:57

Preemptive Discernment Alert! New Heretic-Authored Book Forthcoming Featured

imageCheck the batteries in your heresy detectors!

Sound the Berean warning bells!

Let the discernment warning tocsins be sounded!

Signal all to take Caution! Caution! Caution!

There’s a new Rob Bell book soon to be released.

I thought I’d warn you that, soon enough, your social media...

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Written by Bud Ahlheim
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 00:53

Hearts Wide Open: The Minister’s Guide to Conflict Resolution

A new MP3 sermon from The GraceLife Pulpit is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: Hearts Wide Open: The Minister’s Guide to Conflict Resolution
Speaker: Mike Riccardi
Broadcaster: The GraceLife Pulpit
Event: Sunday Service
Date: 3/19/2017
Bible: 2 Corinthians...

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Written by The GraceLife Pulpit
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 00:41

Why Telling the Truth Matters

Truth has taken quite a hit lately. The press has created two new terms to describe our untruthful habits: fake news and alternate facts. Everyday we encounter dishonest politicians, salespeople, strangers, friends, and sadly, even church people. I’m sad to say that, yes, even preachers fall...

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Written by Jim Duggan
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 00:15

Gorsuch: "religion doesn't impact his skill..."

image "The Hill" today ran this headline on Pres. Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch:

Catholic? Protestant? Gorsuch's religion doesn't impact his skill

We were so glad to hear it, weren't we?

They added:

According to the U.S. Constitution in Article VI, Section 3, no federal office holder or...

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Written by Tim Bayly
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 00:10

Our struggles are not so different Featured

"Help me never to mistake the excitement of my passions for the renewing of the Holy Spirit, never to judge my religion by occasional impressions and impulses..."Excerpt from the Valley of Vision, today's devotional, 'True Religion'. The set of Puritan prayers edited by Arthur Bennett is...

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Written by The End Time
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 00:00

1 Corinthians 15: the earliest source for the basic facts about the life of Jesus

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First, the creed – which is found in 1 Corinthians 15:3-8:

3For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,

4that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 00:00

Announcing Our 2018 National Conference

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On March 8-10, 2018, we will gather in Orlando for our 31st annual National Conference. We will consider the way the Lord brings about awakening so that we might be used by God to be the means of a new awakening today. Watch the trailer below.

R.C. Sproul will be joined by Rosaria Butterfield, Kevin...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 23:39

Common grace and paradox

I recently linked toDavid Engelsma's review of a new biography about Gordon Clark:
While I agree with some of what Engelsma says, there are times when his bias clouds his judgment:
i) The CRC has been on...

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Written by steve
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 23:28

What 3 elements need to be in every funeral sermon?

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I was contacted last week by a pastor asking this question and thought there might be others asking it also.  The most helpful advice I ever received about preaching at a funeral for someone I didn’t know is:

“Don’t preach them into heaven.  Don’t preach them into...

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Written by Brian
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 23:19

Spring Storms: Are You Ready?

Spring sprang on Monday in Indianapolis with powerful thunderstorms. Booming thunder rattled both windows and the souls of young and old, not to mention all of the dogs that ran for cover under their masters’ beds. More storms will surely come this spring;  are you ready? Emergency...

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Written by James Faris
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 23:13

Georgia Baptists join others responding to ERLC, Moore statements with optimism 

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Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, speaks in the opening address of Evangelicals for Life on Jan. 26. On March 20, Moore and the ERLC Board released statements asking for unity in the Southern Baptist Convention stemming from controversy over several issues...

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Written by Scott Barkley
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 23:10

Wednesday Wisdom (3-22-17)

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Wednesday Wisdom for March 22, 2017:

Today I’m sharing an article and a collection of maps put out by the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. The topic is apostasy and blasphemy laws in various countries around the world, and the numbers may surprise you. I like...

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Written by Landon Coleman
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 23:00

March's New and Notable Books

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Below is a description of the new books releasing this month. Be sure to check out all of our new titles from the last few months and browse by category, series, or author.

Alive in Him: How Being Embraced by the Love of Christ Changes Everything
Gloria Furman

God’s grand plan for the redemption...

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Written by Crossway
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 23:00

Can Burnout Ever Be a Good Thing?

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This is a guest post by Zack Eswine, author of The Imperfect Pastor: Discovering Joy in Our Limitations through a Daily Apprenticeship with Jesus.

Are You Teachable?

I don't wish a breakdown or burnout on anybody. I'd rather none of us have to go through that. But it can be a turning point in our...

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Written by Crossway
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 23:00

Reviewing Adalbert Stifter’s “Rock Crystal”

When I was 12 years old, I took a walk in the woods and I got lost. It wasn’t just me: it was the day after Thanksgiving and there were five of us. My cousin Daniel was the oldest, 13, but it was my parents’ farm, so my brother and I were supposed to know the lay of the land. And until...

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Written by Charlie Clark
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 22:31

WWUTT Wednesday - For Lent I'm Giving Up...

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Ahhh Lent, when the whole world suddenly becomes Roman Catholic. Back in Colorado the world is more secular about Lent than here in the wilds of New Jersey. I'm dining in restaurants here and I'm always hearing "I can't have XYZ because I gave it up for Lent" from fellow diners. 
I come from a...

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Written by Doug Evans
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 22:15

They made it all up?

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I'm on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, if you're into that sorta thing.

Also: Adam4d.com is my full-time job and I'm funded by readers like you. If you're interested in learning more about that, check out my Patreon page.

Authors: Adam Ford...

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Written by Adam Ford
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 21:58

Churches, Get a Calvinist Pastor! Featured

Southern Baptists inherited the most compelling aspects of all the Baptist Calvinists that preceded them. James P. Boyce summarized this well. He encouraged every preacher to get theological education in some way, even if it could not be at the Seminary in Greenville, South Carolina. If no other...

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Written by Jared Longshore
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 21:08

What to Expect When Jesus Returns

If we are going to restore New Testament Christianity, then I believe we need to restore a biblical emphasis on the Return of our King. As Christians, the Return of Jesus is our hope. It is what we should be longing for (2 Timothy 4:8). But many of us don’t long for...

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Written by Wes
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 21:00

George Whitefield on Evangelism

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Over the course of our evangelism conference last weekend, I came across this quote from George Whitefield:

“God forbid that I should travel with anybody a quarter of an hour without speaking of Christ to them.”

If you'd like to read more about Whitefield, I recommend The Evangelistic...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 21:00

8 Ways God Turns Temptations to Blessings

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God promises that “all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). This gives us assurance that God can and will turn anything to our good. No situation is too grave, no enemy too strong, no temptation too...

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Written by Tim Challies
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 20:55

Furtick, Elevation Church activate N.A.R. Apostles Featured

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“Prophetic Activations” will happen next week at Steven Furtick’s Elevation Church, a clear indicator that Furtick is not just affiliating, but becoming one with the heretical New Apostolic Reformation.

I first noticed Furtick dipping his toe into the signs-and-wonders New...

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Written by Amy Spreeman
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 20:44

Who’s in Charge of the ‘Kingdom Now’?

imageA crucial doctrine of Christianity is the eventual return of Jesus Christ to judge all men and establish His everlasting Kingdom.  Sadly, Bible prophecy is ignored in many churches so Christians are left to their own to try to understand that glorious day when our Lord returns to vanquish...

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Written by comments@standupforthetruth.com
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 20:36

Too Many Interpretations of the Bible | Whattaya do?

Authors: Anthony Uvenio...

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Written by Anthony Uvenio
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 20:15

A La Carte (March 22)

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Ligonier Ministries will send you a free copy of A Little Book on the Christian Life. It’s a great book at any price. But free? You know what to do…

Today’s Kindle deals include a couple of books by Mike Reeves (hint: if he writes it, you read it) and one by John...

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Written by Tim Challies
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 20:00

Ruth: Lesson 3

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Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 20:00

Book Preview: Forensic Faith by J. Warner Wallace

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About the AuthorJ. Warner Wallace is a cold-case homicide detective, popular national speaker and best-selling author. He continues to consult on cold-case investigations while serving as a Senior Fellow at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. He is also an adjunct professor of apologetics at...

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Written by Chad
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 20:00

What's Wrong?

If you have any close relationship with anyone, I'm fairly certain you've encountered this kind of interaction. You see evidence of a "disturbance in the force", so to speak. They seem upset, maybe uncomfortable, something. So, caring as you do, you ask, "What's wrong?" They reply, sometimes...

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Written by Winging It
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 20:00

How can I improve my prayer life?

Written by Donald Whitney
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 20:00

Thinking Carefully (and Theologically) about Our Smartphones

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The apologetics community could serve the church well not only by doing good work in the philosophy of religion and helping Christians defend the faith, but by helping believers think carefully about all spheres of life. There’s plenty of good work being done on arguments for God’s...

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Written by Brett Kunkle
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 19:57

More Hillsong victims appearing at Royal Commission: Brian Houston summoned again?

More victims of Frank Houston are coming forward and appearing this Friday (the 24th) at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuseas well as the Australian Christian Church (ACC) (formerly known as the Aseemblies of God (AOG)) and other...

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Written by churchwatcher
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 19:01

DBG Spotlight (3-22-17)

n the recent 2017 Ligonier National Conference, Steven Lawson pointed to how the preaching of the Reformers was at center stage of their work during the Reformation era. Paul Washer’s Heart Attack — Late Monday evening, chatter started to spread through social media about Paul Washer...

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Written by Josh Buice
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 19:00

The Benedict Option: Valid Call to Spiritual Renewal; Dangerous Rx for the Church to Retreat

“Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Jeremiah 6:16)

In his new book, The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation, Rod Dreher suggests that...

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Written by Hugh Whelchel
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 19:00

Fear of God Devotional: The Law For Believers

How does a Christian view the law of God differently after being saved? Jason Dohm explains in this video that for believers, the law does not condemn them. God has changed roles. For the unbeliever, who call "good" the things that God declares are evil, God is a righteous, holy,...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 19:00

Tips for a Great 2017 Pastors’ Conference Experience

We’re about 80 days out from the 2017 SBC Pastors’ Conference. This year’s conference is designed to highlight expository preaching from 12 pastors of average-sized SBC churches. This hasn’t been tried before, but as plans have come together I’m even more...

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Written by Brent Hobbs
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 19:00

What Is the Judgment of Charity?

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Every time I read the Gospels, I am struck by how Jesus seems to have found Himself in the middle of controversy wherever He went. I am also struck by how Jesus handled each controversy differently. He did not follow the example of Leo “The Lip” DeRosier, the former manager of the New...

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Written by R.C. Sproul
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 18:12

What Makes a Church “Relevant”?

image Since writing Cold-Case Christianity, I’ve had the great privilege of speaking in local churchesacross the country, teaching principles of cold-case investigations and making a case for the reliability of the New Testament. I’ve been involved in hundreds of conversations about the...

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Written by jwallace
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 18:01

How Jesus Exposes Our Hearts

Jesus opposed the proud and strong. He called spiritual leaders into question. He opposed preachers who used their platform to abuse the weak and shame the outcast. And Jesus did all of this through preaching a message of grace and mercy. How did that work?

In his book The Whole Christ: Legalism,...

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Written by Silverio Gonzalez
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 18:00

The Word of the King

“Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say unto him, What doest thou?” (Ecclesiastes 8:4)

Perhaps the archetype of absolute monarchs was Babylonia’s King Nebuchadnezzar, of whom the prophet Daniel could say, “Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR